Manafort treated as prison ‘VIP’ with his own bathroom, shower, and phone

Then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016

"It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem", U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis said in a footnote in the latest order. But on Tuesday, Manafort resisted being moved to Alexandria, arguing that while the city jail would be more convenient, he did not want to adjust to new circumstances so close to trial. "The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center can not easily be explained or resolved".

Lawyers working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller objected Wednesday to Manafort's bid to delay the trial scheduled for July 25 in Alexandria, Va.

Mueller is now prosecuting Manafort in two separate criminal cases in Virginia and Washington, DC on a dozen criminal charges including tax and bank fraud, conspiracy, lying to investigators, and obstruction of justice. "There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it". In the last three weeks, Manafort has had more than 100 phone calls with his attorneys, and another 200 calls with other individuals, according to the filing.

The Mueller team's court filing said Manafort was being detained in a "living unit" that was bigger than that given to other inmates. He is allowed to write emails and make an unlimited number of 15-minute calls to his lawyers.

In one of the phone calls, Manafort told the caller that he is treated like a "VIP" in prison, has a self-contained unit with a private bathroom and shower, and is not required to wear a prison uniform, according to the filing.

On the monitored prison phone calls, Manafort has mentioned that he is being treated like a "VIP'".

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"Manafort has access to a separate workroom at the jail to meet with his attorneys and legal team", it continues.

Prosecutors say Paul Manafort gets special treatment during his pretrial confinement and there is no reason to delay the case against him.

Manafort has been held at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., since another federal judge presiding over his case in Washington, D.C., revoked his bail last month. He has not reached out, they said in court filings.

Not only has Manafort done a good amount of prep already, he also has ample opportunity for additional work.

Prosecutors say the bulk of the documents handed over recently come from Manafort's own bookkeeping service, and so are not unfamiliar to him. He has pleaded not guilty.

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